Date: Sunday June 29 2014
Blyth Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeboat assists a child in a kayak and recovers a person from the water at Blyth Beach.
Whilst already launched on joint training exercise with Newbiggin lifeboat the volunteer crew of Blyth lifeboat were alerted to a young kayaker who was having difficulty making it back to shore, shortly after 12pm Sunday June 29 2014.
The crew offered to take the kayaker and her kayak on-board the lifeboat and return her to shore, informed Humber Coastguard of the situation and proceeded to beach the stations D Class inshore lifeboat approximately half a mile south of Blyth’s west pier.
Once on the beach the young girl and her kayak were met by other kayakers who alerted the crew to a male in difficulty in the surf who had been attempting to assist the young kayaker back to shore. The lifeboat was quickly re-launched from the beach and, between waves, proceeded to recover the person from the water who was by this time 30-40 meters off shore.
The inshore lifeboat was then manoeuvred through the on-coming surf, turned back towards the shore, and beached once again. The male, who turned out to be the father of the child appeared to have lost his footing in the under current running along the beach.
Once both persons were back on-shore the lifeboat headed back through the surf out to sea in order to continue its training exercise with Newbiggin lifeboat which had stood by throughout the incident in case any further assistance was required.
Blyth RNLI Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) Ron Hatcher said ‘it was good to see that during a training exercise, both lifeboat crews were able to work together, switch into rescue mode, and quickly and assist these people when it was needed‘.